Saturday, May 23, 2015

Reader Mail: Choosing a Room Color

Hey,
My parents are letting me repaint my room soon, it is currently bright pink.
EWWW!! It is a large room but my mom wont let me paint it black. Do you have
any suggestions that will make my room a gothic color without it being
BLACK!!!! I cant think of anything, and your help is needed. Thanks
Claire



Choosing a room color is an interesting proposition as it sets the tone for the rest of your room. That being said, it's not the most important thing.  In the past I've written an article about designing a Gothic room around an un-Goth wall color, which you might find interesting. But! That being said, you've been given a great gift in being able to repaint your room. So, my top picks for a room color would be:



Red

Red is an extremely pretty room color that comes into trend every now and again for home designs, especially the bedroom. If an all-red room seems overwhelming, consider painting an accent wall red and the other walls a more neutral color.


Gray

So, black is out, but what about gray? Grays come in a lot of tones from almost-white to charcoal and lots of undertones, from warm pinky-grays to cool blue-grays. A medium tone gray makes a great plain background that will match with lots of different decor styles.


Purple

A gorgeous royal purple is a great color for any kind of elegant gothic room. Deep purples lend themselves well toward Victorian or Romantic designs but are actually quite versatile. Bane of Goth It Yourself has a lot of purple in her home so you can see what it might look like for your space.

But, as I've said, you can make a Goth room out of any paint color. My room is robin's egg blue, for example, and I quite like how it looks. You could make a gorgeous Gothic room with a rich emerald green or a pale lavender or stark white. Don't forget that you can also use vinyl decals, stencils, or other add-ons to your color to give it an look unique to your space. So pick something that plays well with the decor of your room and get painting!

17 comments:

  1. If I were to paint my walls over, id go with a light gray. The colors you think would be cool as a teen don't really work so well. Black always reminds me of black box theater and makes a room look tiny. I had red walls for a week before it drove me crazy. And painting sucks... Like a million coats of primer and paint. I'd recommend a luxurious velvet wallpaper instead of paint if you want to go super dark... Lol or hire painters

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    1. Wallpaper can be such a pain to put up (and taking it down, don't even get me started, haha) but it does have a really wonderful effect.

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  2. How about black and blue? You can go with either darker shades of blue or more pale shades.

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    1. Black and blue would be a lovely color combination, I remember the lovely folks over at F Yeah Lolita discussed that as an option for a Gothic Lolita inspired room.

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  3. I love the idea of making each wall a different shade of grey, to be honest.

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    1. I wonder how that would look! I imagine if you got really well-coordinated shades it'd be very interesting.

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  4. We have a few walls painted grey now, and I admit I love it. It shows up artwork really well without being as oppressive as black walls. I did paint the guest bath in Benjamin Moore Peerage, a very dark purple, and was going to put a black floral stencil over top but I still can't decide whether I like the purple enough to continue with the stencilling or not. I'm having troubles deciding how this place should look. :)

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    1. Yes, I imagine it's a difficult decision! I've always loved purple and black together, especially with flowers.

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  5. My partner and I currently have a room that is black furnishings, ivory walls and silver or black accessories in theme. I hope to get my own crafting room when we move house, and that will be very Gothic and done in plum, black and silver - I've found three perfect purples in Valspar paints - Merlin's Robe (a deep cool purple), Vampire Love (a deep reddish purple) and Dried Lilacs (a deep plummy purple) - and I wasn't even checking the names when I picked them! I'd love to do a stenciled design involving these colours and black.

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    1. Those names are so appropriately spooky, nice finds!

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  6. Thanks for the mention! :) Outside my purple bedroom (which I adore), most of the walls in my house are painted a cool silvery grey, and I love it. Grey looks fantastic with gothy colors like black, red, purple, or silver. Grey is also on-trend in mainstream decor right now, making it an easy sell to parents. :D

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    1. Of course! I always think of your blog when asked about Gothic decor. I think the silver in the rest of the house is a fantastic idea for a younger Goth's room as well.

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  7. I would also prefer a some sort tone of grey. Then it would be easy to match with dark furniture and maybe even add an accent colour with bed sheets and so on :)

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    1. I agree, grey matches everything so well!

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  8. I'd go with a grey, personally - if you don't want to do the whole room, maybe just one wall? It would go with everything!

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    1. Yes, grey is extremely versatile! But then what would one paint the other walls? Hmm

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  9. The green and black Type O Negative theme colors would look great also.

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